Let’s talk Fila

Nope, this isn’t a post about shoes, it is the Friday Face Mask. I am finally getting around to trying out some new masks and while I indulged myself with the fabulous Aceology last week (Such a good mask), I decided to take out one of the smaller tubes of masking products that I haven’t tried yet. Today it was the Fila Gel-ous Cool Down Wash Off Mask. It is supposed to be calming and soothing. And since I have the Juice Beauty Bamboo Pore Refining Mask bringing things to the surface, I thought it might be nice to try today.

I was a little concerned that it was so hard to find information about this mask on line. Or anywhere really. Until I received this mask in a Birchbox, I didn’t know FILA had a skincare line. I thought they just made sports wear and shoes. The best place I could find information on this mask was Birchbox, so that is where the link goes. According to them this mask is…

A jelly-like wash-off mask that nourishes and soothes sensitive, irritated skin with a cooling effect from Chamomile Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, and Tea Tree Extract.

Birchbox for Fila
clean face, pre mask

I am actually going to list all of the ingredients because I honestly haven’t seen an ingredients list this long in a while…

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Erythritol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Glyceryl Glucoside, Glucose, Houttuynia Cordata Powder, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Betaine, Allantoin, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Thuja Orientalis Leaf Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/
Leaf/Stem Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside, Madecassic acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodi-
um EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Amber Powder, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil

Birchbox for FILA
Mask applied

I find it a little amusing since they basically only talk about the soothing chamomile (Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract) which is number eighteen on the ingredients list, Centella Asiatica Extract which is number thirty on the ingredients list and te tree extract which is number twenty six on the ingredients list.

In general ingredients are listed with those items with the highest concentration at the top and then in descending order of concentration. Once you get under a certain percentage it doesn’t matter what order the items are listed in from a regulatory stand point. The general rule of thumb that I was taught is that it is the top ten ingredients on the list that you are going to want to pay attention to. Once you get past the top ten, there generally isn’t a high enough concentration of the ingredient to do much of anything.

I could be wrong, so if anyone out there knows better, please let me know. I would be happy to be corrected if you have better info. This is just what I was taught to do when looking at skincare labels.

mask on after fifteen minutes

None of the ingredients listed as the dominant features of this mask are in the top ten. Which I find a little concerning. I mostly looked at the full ingredients list on this one because the mask itself smells like hard apple cider. Thee is an apple-y scent to it, but it has a tang that either says alcohol or vinegar. So I checked the list. I tested it on my arm and had no issues with it so I tried it on my face. It went on easily and the tube had just enough mask for one use.

clean and dry, post mask. There is some redness showing which is the opposite of what this mask is supposed to do.

The mask spreads well and doesn’t really drip. It just leaves the face feeling all sorts of shiny. It felt a little cooling, which I sort of expected as it has cool down in the name. Other than that I felt nothing frim the mask, no tingling, burning or anything. It was just there. After fifteen minutes I went to rinse it off.

It took a lot of rinsing to get the mask off. water just kept sliding off of it as though it had become a protective barrier for my face. I actually employed an soft bristled masking brush to help loosen it. Once there were a few scratches in the mask surface the water slipped in and it came off fairly easily.

Once the mask was removed I patted my skin dry and waited a moment for the dampness from the washing off to recede. By the time I went to look in the mirror, my cheeks were a little itchy. It actually felt a little bit like the tingle that you get from some masks while they are on. I have no idea why I felt it after I washed the mask off. The tingling didn’t last and there was no accompanying redness, but I still find it a bit concerning.

Personally I am really glad this was a one time use mask because if it wasn’t I think I’d break my own rules about wasting product and just throw it away rather than attempt to use it up. The suspicious tingle, overly long ingredients list, and hard to actually find for sale nature of this mask means that I think this might be product best avoided in the future rather than sought out. For me this Fila Gel-ous Cool Down Wash Off Mask is a hard pass.


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